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Hand brakes to foot brakes?

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Dogdad

03-09-2003 16:26:37




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This old John Deere Boy is going to kill himself with those hand brakes on a WC!
Before I start looking for some kind of converting kit DID THEY EVER MAKE ONE first?
Be kind I bleed green when I'm cut.
Dad




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acorange

03-10-2003 15:30:15




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 Re: Hand brakes to foot brakes? in reply to Dogdad, 03-09-2003 16:26:37  
My grandpa had a 39WC with a foot brake conversion on it with a loader. It worked ok but I prefer my WC with hand brakes. Like they say...it's all what you are used to. My dad wasn't "used to" his 730 JD when cultivating. He went to a field to cultivate and when he got to the gate he pushed in on the foot clutch that wasn't there and went right thru the gate.



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Quenton Kroge

03-10-2003 09:46:31




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 Re: Hand brakes to foot brakes? in reply to Dogdad, 03-09-2003 16:26:37  
There is a set of foot brakes for sale on this site in the classified section (AC).



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Ryan Kroge

04-05-2005 05:33:20




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 Re: Re: Hand brakes to foot brakes? in reply to Quenton Kroge, 03-10-2003 09:46:31  
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Gatz

03-09-2003 18:25:49




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 Re: Hand brakes to foot brakes? in reply to Dogdad, 03-09-2003 16:26:37  
We had a WC with an after-market footbrakes conversion; worked ok , but like Unimog said, "not pretty." (And, did we ever spend the time to properly ajust them?....no) Dad had used this WC for many years with the large Farmhand loader. My grandad had an older WC with hand brakes. We used both of them for different jobs. You had to get used to how each handled. Gramps' was great for a side-mounted mower. Really cut corners square. There should be some WC's out there with the conversions. Gatz

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Unimog

03-09-2003 17:43:56




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 Re: Hand brakes to foot brakes? in reply to Dogdad, 03-09-2003 16:26:37  
I've seen some that were converted, not pretty.
What you have to do is get used to it. With
enough use it should become second nature. I
prefer my AC B with hand brakes over the foot type.
When I was a kid, my Dad and I were at a farm and
the farmer had a JD with the hand clutch. He
asked another man there to back it in the barn.
Well I guess the man was used to the foot type
and backed half way through the back wall. It
was quite scary at first, then my Dad took a fit
of laughing. I've heard stories like this as well
over the years. Just got to pay attention.

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David Maddux

03-09-2003 18:41:24




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 Re: Re: Hand brakes to foot brakes? in reply to Unimog, 03-09-2003 17:43:56  
That reminds me of a story that my grandfather told me years ago. One of the neighbors had just bought his first tractors and remember, he was used to using a horse team. At the end of the day he was heading back to the house and approached a gate. When he got close enough to the gate that most of us would be finding the clutch and brake, he just yelled out WHOOOA!!! and you can guess what happened. Dave.

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Dale

03-09-2003 17:03:05




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 Re: Hand brakes to foot brakes? in reply to Dogdad, 03-09-2003 16:26:37  
Be careful with it if you dont convert it. Im only 15 and rolled my WF into the creek because I couldnt get stopped.



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JMS/MN

03-09-2003 16:51:49




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 Re: Hand brakes to foot brakes? in reply to Dogdad, 03-09-2003 16:26:37  
There were some kits sold many years ago, but they are very uncommon. Just something about the tractor you'll have to live with, like the farmers did. Or, find a machinist with a little imagination and he can make a conversion for you. Not hard to do, especially if you won't use any mounted equipment on the tractor that would get in the way of the crossover shaft. Generally you cut off the existing handle a few inches from the pivot, and hook up the hardware to a hole drilled near the end of the stub.

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Gary

03-09-2003 16:35:48




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 Re: Hand brakes to foot brakes? in reply to Dogdad, 03-09-2003 16:26:37  
Dogdad,
I know what you're talking about. I bought a B with hand brakes several years ago and hated them! Was at a tractor junk yard soon after and found a B with foot brakes. Bought all the parts to convert mine over. I think parts cost about $30.00.



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